Dr Ackermann performs total hip replacement surgery, which is also known as total hip arthroplasty, in cases where damaged bone, tissue and cartilage needs to be removed and replaced with artificial materials. The procedure works by removing the damaged femoral head and replacing it with a stem made from metal. The metal stem is typically cemented into position, after which a ball made of materials such as metal or ceramics is positioned onto the stem to replace the damaged femoral head. As part of the procedure, Dr Ackermann will remove any remaining damaged cartilage off the surface of the socket so that a metal socket can be placed.
A total hip replacement procedure may be recommended for a number of reasons. Some of the most common reasons include treatment of degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis. These conditions are amongst the most common causes of chronic hip pain and, in many cases, can cause impaired movement and disability. The surgery may also be recommended to treat severe sport injuries, fractures, labral tears, cartilage delamination, and impingement.
When deciding whether or not to go ahead with hip replacement surgery, Dr Ackermann will advise you of the best option based on your unique condition, as well as the level of pain you experience. In cases where hip pain impacts on daily activities like walking, or in cases where pain persists for extended periods, Dr Ackermann is likely to recommend surgery, particularly if you have already tried medication and/or physical therapy.